The House On The Lake



No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind.

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secrets have Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?

trees and houses beside body of water


As a dyed-in-the-wool mystery fan, I was intrigued by the premise of this book and absolutely fell for this intriguing tale set at Rowan Isle House.  I was delighted to be  part of the blog tour organised by Ellie at Viking Books and couldn’t wait to dive in and find out more about the strange goings-on that Lisa and Jo experience…

This book definitely did not disappoint, it definitely pulled me right into the story. I was really intrigued by the premise of the book: that this is something that really could take place – it as was so plausible – and this really added to the story for me. The way that perfectly ordinary lives can hold dark secrets behind them was something that really intrigued me and something that I couldn’t stop thinking about as as the novel unfolded.


I absolutely loved the unique feel of this novel and definitely found it really engrossing. I felt that it perfectly encapsulated the way that the sins of the past have an uncanny knack of creeping up on you and how perfectly settled lives can be shattered in a split second – which is portrayed most skilfully by Nuala Ellwood

Even though The House On The Lake deals with a mysterious disappearance, it does it in an original way which makes the story linger at the edges of our consciousness even when we aren’t reading it. The characters all  feel very much like real people – rather than mechanisms to explore an issue – which I’ve often found in novels which want to look at the way we respond to trauma or tragedy.

white concrete house near seashore surrounded with tall and green trees


Nuala Ellwood is an intriguing  writer – and I look forward to seeing what she does next–  it’s hard to talk about this novel without spoilers, so I’ll just need to tell you that you must read it for yourself. You will be drawn into this story and feel transported to the Lake with Jo and Lisa– feeling as caught up in the story as Lisa herself before you finish.

It’s not one of these ‘keep looking for the big twist’ stories that people are getting a little bored of now. It’s one of those books that stays with you after you finish reading it though as you’ll think hard about the secrets lurking beneath the surface of everyday life and how it could literally happen anywhere – and to someone you know…

Anyone interested in relationships, the effect of trauma and the ramifications of the past will love this novel. I  was really intrigued by The House on the Lake and I’m delighted to say that I was definitely not disappointed. Even though this book touched on dark and suspenseful subject matters at times, it was dealt with very competently and originally and never felt derivative or ‘same old’ same old. I’m straight off to treat myself to Day of the Accident as I really love her writing!

The House on the Lake was a book that I know I’ll be recommending to lots of readers as I was totally immersed in its characters, its pace and the way it really made me think. I Ithink that this would make an excellent Book Group read as it would be sure to provoke lots and lots of discussion…


Buy yourself a copy here and see what you think


Writer On The Shelf

Nuala Ellwood is the author of two bestselling novels: My Sister’s Bones for which she was selected as one of the Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’ and Day of the Accident. Nuala teaches Creative Writing at York St John University, and lives in the city with her young son.


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